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Yiddish Research: Library Catalogs for Yiddish Research

Yiddish research guide covering general resources, article and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Library Catalogs

Using Library Catalogs

Library catalogs contain bibliographic information (author, title, subject, publication information, physical description) about items in a library collection.

Use a library catalog to search by access points such as:


Limit/Modify Search

Some catalogs also allow you to modify or limit your search by:

  • Year
  • Language

This can be helpful if you are getting too many results, and/or if you're looking for a very specific item.


Keyword Searching

Use keyword searching to search across all fields for a word that appears in the catalog record.




Library catalogs generally don't search the text inside of books, or even necessarily the table of contents. For that, you may need to:

  • Search a digitized version, if it is available and searchable (see "Top Websites for Searching Yiddish Texts" below)
  • Physically search through the item


You may need to vary your spelling in Yiddish or in transliteration, as most materials use nonstandard spelling. Please see this guide's section "For Students"> "Yiddish Spelling and Orthography" for more information,